Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Coda headed for Northern California

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The carmaker Coda Automotive is close to opening a final assembly plant in … drumroll, please … Benicia. The Los Angeles Business Journal reports Coda, after flirting for months with Los Angeles, (and fully convincing this now humbled reporter) is … Continue reading »


How much is too much to pay for a job?

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LA wants jobs, and it wants them bad. The unemployment rate was running 12.4% in July. So Angelenos might be inclined to squint a little bit to see the bright side of spending federal stimulus money to subsidize short-term employment, … Continue reading »


Southern California Driving Electric Surge, Too

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I’ve mentioned before BYD’s expansion into LA.  BYD plans to sell its all-electric car, the e6, in the U.S. later this year. The Wall Street Journal notes BYD benefited from Beijing’s stimulus measures last year to encourage auto purchases during … Continue reading »


Politics in a Plastic Bag

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In the waning days of California’s legislative session, as a stampede of bills heads to the checkout counters, a proposed ban on plastic bags captures the attention of the Sacramento Bee today. First, there’s a follow-the-money story, in which we … Continue reading »


China Charges Ahead

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Reading East Coast papers like the Wall Street Journal, you could be forgiven for thinking the future of electric vehicles are in doubt. There are rational concerns about Tesla’s viability – the hefty federal subsidy it’s relying on to stay … Continue reading »


EZ Throwdown!

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I’ve been reporting about the economic incentives cities use to keep employers close: cheap power, cheap parking, payroll tax breaks and the expansion of enterprise tax zones. Today, Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters takes aim and fires at the zones, again. … Continue reading »


Chargers, Chargers Everywhere

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The California Energy Commission has approved three awards that “leverage $15.4 million in state funding with $49.6 million in federal stimulus money and $49.3 million in private funds” to kick start the infrastructure to support electric cars in urban areas … Continue reading »


Bits & Pieces

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Folks in government are beginning to wonder when private industry is going to, um, hire people. 12.4% is better than 12.6%, but I don’t see a lot of Californians breaking out the bubbly.  The Governator’s response: While the decline of … Continue reading »


Bits & Pieces

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What did LA give Baxter? The Los Angeles Business Journal covers the not-leaving of Baxter BioScience, with 1,100 jobs. One part of the deal – the approval of an Enterprise Zone that includes Baxter. Now that sounds familiar…  Back in … Continue reading »


Are You Watching Falcon 9?

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is sitting on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. UPDATE:  It did go up, prompting all sorts of speculation.